Extreme Careerism in the Workplace


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By: Allan Shelton

According to carExtreme Careerism in the Workplaceeer experts, careerism, or “the pursuit of professional advancement as one’s chief or sole aim” as defined by Yourdictionary.com, is making its waves in today’s work settings.

Being so pervasive in our modern society, careerism is often associated to consumerism, or the principle that one needs to obtain material goods and services to be satisfied in                                                                                     life.

Is success in life determined in terms of tokens and high salaries? Is it measured by tangible things such as awards, plaques, and a new office, or intangible things such as praises and honorable titles?

Vying for a promotion

The advancement and promotion of careerists are often caused by politics rather than objective competence. To further their career, careerist individuals focus more on making their best impression instead of generating the best results in a specific work.

Having a careerist mentality makes people forget that other goals are also important to have a satisfying life, aside from their careers. Like family life, for example.

Rather than pursuing non-materialistic endeavors such as family, community, and other altruistic activities, a careerist is focused on working hard to rise in terms of rank and achievement. They thought that it is a means to achieve personal growth.

They do not realize that success can also be determined by how you raised your children to turn out so well. In addition, making a difference or contributing to society can also demonstrate success.

Key indicators of careerism

Careerists who have moved to extreme levels believe that their personal goals, in one way or another, are not aligned with the goals of the business or organization.

They have a strong tendency to focus on short-lived efforts to advance their personal interests rather than the interests of the organization as a whole. The following are indicators of their existence:

  • Aiming to climb the career ladder
  • Sacrificing moral values and ethics to reach their goals by all means
  • Excessive time working than pursuing personal interests
  • Compensating merely one life aspect at the expense of another
  • Communicating, though limited to professional topics
  • Lacking of moral support as well as moral principles
Mitigating measures

Extreme careerism is a continuous social practice that needs to be dealt with as soon as possible, in order to prevent any negative results or outcomes. Though it is not easy to change a person’s lifestyle overnight, it is possible to change his or her habits.

The following are some helpful tips:

  • Set your priorities
  • Combine your work life with personal life
  • Broaden your circle of acquaintances
  • Spend more time on personal hobbies and leisure activities

Allan Shelton holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a regular magazine contributor on career development.


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